56533Re: [Z_Scale] Re: Wheel/coupler combinations
- May 3 7:32 AM
> of the thin, slightly oily residue present on the surface of Delrin,The residue from the plastics is the problem (I should have been more
> small amounts of lubricant released from locomotives, and humidity in
> the air.
precise). For the Z layout its ok as I don't have too much track to
clean. In N where I have rather more trackwork the plastic wheels are
simply banned from the layout - and that makes it noticably easier to
> Some modelers claim the gunk contains carbon as a result ofRelco and Gaugemaster cleaners will certainly put burned pits on the
> electrical arcing. This is physically impossible as there is no
> source of carbon: rails are nickel, and wheels are nickel, brass or
track and wheels. I've no idea what the chemical make up is.
> appears this is true. "Nickel-silver" (which contains no silver,Nickel silver reacts badly with some atmospheres. One layout I'm vaguely
> actually) is a mixture of various metals, and the proportions of the
> different metals can affect electrical conductivity, oxidation rates,
> and the tendency of the rails to accumulate dirt. Different brands of
> track will have different metal composition--sometimes you can even
> see variations in the color. Thus, different brands of track may
> perform differently.
involved with is in the loco shed at a heritage railway. The track needs
regular cleaning as something (probably the sulphur in the coal of the
large locos it shares the shed with) reacts with it quite well.
> best way to clean wheels is by just moistening a paper towel withThe Marklin cleaning wagon (*not* the silly railgrinding railbus) is
> alcohol, laying it on some flex track, and rolling cars back and
> forth over it. To clean track, we just wipe the rails with a block of
> soft wood. Solvent cleaners just tend to make a mess, abrasive blocks
> are overkill and also leave abrasive debris behind, and most
> commercial track cleaners built into freight cars are ineffective.
excellent for stopping dirt build up. Its one Marklin purchase I am very
very happy with. Once you get real dirt build up it won't help but it
delays that a long time and its easy to slip into a regular train when
One other useful tool missing from Z is the automatic wheel cleaning
tracks such as the Tomix N scale one.
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